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Hiep is an interdisciplinary artist with a life long passion for teaching. He received his B.A and teaching credential in art education at CSU Long Beach. Hiep has worked as a muralist, stage designer, and art teacher. He has organized and facilitated many art and performance programs for children and adults. As a dedicated artist and teacher, Hiep believes that creativity holds enormous power to impact changes, and that we all must use our creative power. His motto is “Art for All, All for Art”. An avid walker and enthusiastic cook, Hiep is also a Vipassana meditation and Aikido practitioner. He lives with his wife Anicha in Southern California.

About the Paintings

All four paintings were collectively painted by about 50 participants at the “Live Art” event held at Atrium Hotel. Touch-up done by Hiep and Anicha.

Purpose: to raise money so we can continue to spread the joy of Circle Painting to others.

These paintings are beautiful and meaningful because many people, including yourself, have participated in the process.

By supporting us in this fundraising effort, you will help us to realize our mission and to:


•buy art materials & office supplies.

• pay for production & traveling expenses.

• rent facilities for future workshops.

• bring Circle Painting projects to under-privileged groups.

• turn our dream of building an art center in Dalat, Viet Nam into a reality.

Dimension: 30 in x 40 in.

Material: Acrylic on canvas.

Price: $400 each or Best offer.

Date: 5/9/2008

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A 1,900-Foot Concrete Canvas

By David W. Dunlap

BarrierDesign by Pedro Delgado, an illustrator at Grey Group Worldwide, to be painted Tuesday on the concrete Jersey barriers lining the bicycle path around High Bridge Park.

No one will ever mistake Jersey barriers for works of art, but a fledgling effort is under way to make them a bit more aesthetically palatable.

Today, a series of geometric, layered waves — Frank Stella meets Marimekko — will be applied to 1,900 feet of concrete barriers on the bicycle path along High Bridge Park, north of 155th Street, paralleling the Harlem River Drive.

The work is to be done by volunteers from the Grey Group Worldwide advertising agency. The preparation of the barriers was done on Monday by corps members of City Year, a nonprofit program in which young people provide full-time public service for 10 months, in return for a stipend and an educational grant.

“With our temporary art program, we are looking to enliven the city’s public spaces and infrastructure, in unique, unexpected ways,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the Harlem River Drive project. “Starting next month, we will be seeking not-for-profit partners to work with at specific sites in all five boroughs.”

Six months ago, Jersey barriers along lower Broadway were repainted with orange zebra stripes as part of an effort by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to improve the look of safety and security barriers.

The design of the uptown barrier murals is by Pedro Delgado, an illustrator at Grey. The project is this year’s installment of the “Great Grey Giveback Day,” in which the company (often in concert with City Year) undertakes some bit of civic betterment. Steve Hardwick, the president of Grey NY, said High Bridge Park “is in real need of some loving.” He will be on the painting crew.

Other Grey employees will be weeding, planting shrubbery and flowers and painting benches, said Gary Villani, the vice president for organizational development. As of Monday, he said, about 270 employees had volunteered.

Mr. Delgado’s design was chosen from among 30 or 40 submissions, said Greg Nance, an art director and a member of the Grey Gives committee, along with Debbie Joyce, Jessica Weintraub, Chris Osborne and others.

“We told everyone to think of a simple concept that was uplifting and inspiring,” Mr. Nance said. “And also easy to trace and paint.”

Drab Construction Sites Get an Artistic Makeover; What’s Next?

By David W. Dunlap

barriersOrange zebra stripes on Jersey barriers along Broadway, a design by the painter Tattfoo Tan, who called it “Concrete Jungle.” (Photo: David W. Dunlap/The New York Times)

Artists, architects and designers have reimagined three of the pedestrian obstructions that can make travel through downtown downright disagreeable, if not close to impossible: Jersey barriers, chain-link construction fences and sidewalk scaffolds. If you can’t get rid of them, the theory goes, at least make them look better.

In the $100,000 pilot program called “Re:Construction,” sponsored by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, barriers on Broadway have been stenciled with zebra striping, a fence along Fulton Street has been garlanded in a tartan pattern and — most ambitiously — sidewalk scaffolding on John Street has been turned into an entirely new architectural environment, with strikingly angled struts and a ceiling that rises as pedestrians approach Broadway from Nassau Street.

First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris has said that the program might be extended beyond downtown. Before anyone goes that far, what do you think of the “Re:Construction” projects? And what other candidates would you nominate for an aesthetic overhaul? Steam chimneys? Planter tubs? Bollards? French barricades? Roll-down grates? Delta barriers? There’s so much out there in the way.
barrier art“Fulton Fence,” by Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena, Carolina Cisneros and Mateo Pintó (Photo: David W. Dunlap/The New York Times)
barrier art“Best Pedestrian Route,” by GRO Architects.
Dressing Up Those Bleak Downtown Construction Sites
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Orange zebra stripes on Jersey barriers along Broadway, a design of the painter Tattfoo Tan.

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Published: November 13, 2007

Yes, those are orange zebra stripes on the traffic barriers along lower Broadway. Yes, the 14-foot-tall plywood lightning bolts on John Street take the place of common sidewalk scaffolding. And yes, that tartan pattern on the construction fence along Fulton Street is made of security netting.
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Trying to convert an environmental liability into an artistic asset, the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council have transformed three commonplace street impediments into objects that are meant to be more aesthetically appealing. They are certainly more whimsical.

The works were installed over the weekend.

“This is not just about a mural on a Jersey barrier,” said Elizabeth H. Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance. “This is a destination in itself. We want people to come downtown and see our response to a disaster.”

First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris applauded the program and said yesterday that it might serve as a citywide model. “Although the critical mass of construction projects taking place in Lower Manhattan makes it a unique situation,” she said in a statement, “the city would welcome involving artists in other areas around the city that are undergoing major transformations.”

But as a much-needed palliative, there could almost be no better place for this project — known as “Re:Construction” — than downtown New York, which seems to be nothing but construction and traffic barriers these days. It is likely to stay that way for a decade, as the new World Trade Center, the Fulton Street Transit Center and other large projects are built while the aging streets and the pipes and conduits below them are torn up and repaired.

“Walking around Lower Manhattan is difficult,” said Maggie Boepple, the new president of the cultural council. “It’s dirty. It really assaults the soul. We hope to make it a much more pleasant experience just to walk around. I’m very much a proponent of street architecture, of artists using barriers and walls.”

The alliance and the council put out a call for artists, architects and designers interested in participating in the project. That was winnowed down to three finalists, who were each given a different problem to solve.

For his canvas, the painter Tattfoo Tan was given concrete: the long, low traffic barricades known as Jersey barriers. His response was “Concrete Jungle,” in which the barriers along two blocks of Broadway from Ann to John Street have been stenciled with zebra stripes in an orange safety color.

Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson of GRO Architects were assigned to reimagine sidewalk scaffolding, ordinarily among the most daunting and disagreeable of obstacles. Their answer, “Best Pedestrian Route,” is a structure made of angled plywood struts at John Street and Broadway, in front of the 19th-century Corbin Building, which is being preserved as part of the Fulton Street Transit Center.

GRO Architects also chose orange as the primary color in its palette.

A team composed of Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena, Mateo Pintó and Carolina Cisneros was given a chain-link construction fence along Fulton Street, immediately east of Broadway. Their “Fulton Fence” is ornamented with lengths of orange and yellow security netting, arranged on a bias. They have also designed playful plaques resembling traffic signs that sit atop the fence posts.

Together, these projects cost $100,000; $60,000 in cash from the Downtown Alliance and $40,000 worth of contributions from the alliance, the cultural council and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Ms. Berger, the alliance president, said she hoped that one day as many as 60 public sites and 20 private projects downtown could have artistically redesigned barriers.

For the time being, Mr. Tan expressed another hope about his “Concrete Jungle” barriers: “Maybe people will say, ‘Meet me at the zebra print.’”